Yesterday, PACE kicked off its new PACECAR program at the campus of the University of Alabama. The initiative, which is a joint effort between PACE and the Student Government Association, provides free vehicle emissions testing for students and faculty. Participants learn whether their vehicle meets basic emissions standards, allowing them to do their part for clean air on campus.
“The reception from students was very positive and they welcomed the chance to learn more about their vehicle’s emissions profile and earn a chance to win tuition,” reports PACE Executive Director Lance Brown. “We expect our numbers to increase on future testing dates as more students learn about the program.”
The PACECAR program provides four testing dates on campus in both the Fall and Spring semesters, utilizing the university’s garage site. A brief tailpipe test provides immediate feedback about the vehicle’s emission profile. For vehicles that fail the diagnostic test, PACECAR provides funds to help offset the cost of necessary repairs, up to $250. Students who complete the testing also register to win a scholarship to cover the cost of the following semester’s tuition.
“The University of Alabama is committed to environmental stewardship, and we are always open to projects that empower our students and faculty,” says Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President-University Relations. “We are proud to support this joint effort between the Student Government Association and PACE to provide free vehicle emissions testing for those who call our campus home.”
Students and faculty can register for future testing dates at TestForTuition.org. Certain conditions and limitations apply to vehicles eligible for a repair grant.